Design Council appoints new Director of Architecture and the Built Environment

personDesign Council Chief Executive, Sarah Weir OBE, has today announced the appointment of Sue Morgan to be the organisation’s new Director of Architecture and the Built Environment.

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The Design Council writes:

Commenting on the appointment, Sarah Weir OBE said:’The country faces a huge challenge to build the homes we need.  The quality and design of what we build is rightly in the public spotlight, but we must consider a home’s overall design, not just one aspect of it.  Great housing design starts from the inside and is about meeting the needs of those who live there.  We also must look at how the homes we build fit into their communities and how we create healthy places that are inclusive to all and allow people to live healthy independent lives, staying active for longer. Design puts people and their needs at the heart of the homes we build and the places we create.  I’m delighted that Sue is joining Design Council at such an important time.  She brings considerable experience, particularly on the role of public realm and green infrastructure in creating attractive and enjoyable places for people to live’.

Sue Morgan said: ‘I am really pleased and excited to be joining Design Council at a key stage in the delivery of its new integrated service offer.  I know from my 25 years’ experience, including 16 years as one of Design Council’s Built Environment Experts, the importance of placemaking, green infrastructure and the built environment. I also know first-hand the huge benefits that a design-approach and the work of our Design Review panels brings to delivering improved quality in what we build, and in how developers and planners consider the needs of an area and the people who live there’.

‘I look forward to developing the Architecture and Built Environment team at Design Council, shaping our service offer, identifying new business opportunities and embedding excellent design in the work of key partners and stakeholders. The recent launch of Design Council’s Inclusive Environments CPD, funded by MHCLG, is a really important opportunity to kickstart the debate, and raise standards in the built environment professions, about how we ensure homes and places are inclusive to all. I look forward to bringing this issue to the debate and conversations with built environment colleagues at MIPIM next month.’

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